The Royal Mint Uk has released a Sovereign 1964 and 2014 50th Golden Gift Edition, marking 50 golden years of history. This indulgent presentation set contains two Sovereigns bookending 50 years of history – an original 1964 coin and a Sovereign minted in 2014.


Struck in classic 22 carat gold to bullion standard, and both bearing engraver Benedetto Pistrucci’s iconic St George and the dragon design dating back to 1817 on their reverses, the two coins are presented together with a beautifully designed booklet detailing The Sovereign story.

The obverse of the 1964 coin features Mary Gillick’s signature portrait of an uncrowned Queen Elizabeth II, which was the last effigy to appear on pre-decimal coins, although it is still used on Maundy Money. The obverse of The Sovereign 2014 features the present-day image of The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBF.

Looking back, Britain had plenty to celebrate in 1964: music programme ‘Top of the Pops’ first appeared on TV screens, the film Zulu was a big hit at the box office, £10 banknotes were issued for the first time since the Second World War, and The Queen celebrated the arrival of her fourth child – Prince Edward.

Equally memorable, this year the country has celebrated the first birthday of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, played host to the successful Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Together, the two Sovereign coins span 50 years of recent history, and represent a doubly-golden celebration.

You can order your Sovereign 1964 and 2014 50th Golden Gift Edition at The Royal Mint website

A 8 reales minted in 1538, in the reign of Charles and Joanna of Spain, known as “The First Crown of the Americas” will be offered by Numismatic auction house Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC at auction on November 6 in Orlando, Florida. This coin is widely acknowledged as the first dollar-sized coin struck in the New World and is one of only three known, all of which were found on a shipwreck in the early 1990s, prior to which their existence was known only through contemporary documentation.

Crown of the America

For over four centuries the survival of these coins was doubted, for they were only briefly made and quickly withdrawn just two years after the opening of the mint in Mexico City, the first mint in the Americas. As double-striking on each of the three known examples demonstrates, the mint had difficulty making these coins, to which legal testimony in 1545 also attests. Two of the three coins found on the shipwreck have been sold at auction already, in 2006 and 2008, before it was known with certainty that only three existed. Those coins sold in the range of $300,000-$400,000, one of them corroded and deemed inferior, and the better specimen held down in price by false suspicions of further examples. This third specimen, never published before and a rival for the best in quality, was rumored to have been offered privately by its owner for $1 million. This is the first time it will be offered publicly.

“We cannot overstress the importance of this auction, both for the history of Mexico and the larger field of North American numismatics,” says company president and founder Daniel Sedwick. “These coins are the absolute root of the concept of the American dollar.”

“The auction estimate for this coin will be $500,000 to $1 million, with an unreserved starting price of $475,000,” points out company Vice President Agustin Garcia-Barneche, who also stresses that financial and collectible investment markets in 2006-2008 were not as healthy as they are today. “We already have interested parties, which means this coin could break the record for the highest price ever paid for a ‘dollar’ that was not struck at a US mint. There will be worldwide interest, not just for the coin’s historical importance but also because collectors are confident about its extreme rarity.”

“It will be interesting to see the reaction of the US-dollar collector community for this coin,” says Cori Sedwick Downing, the company’s Administrative Manager and Researcher and author of the NLG award-winning article “The Charles and Joanna Coinage of Mexico City, 1536-1571.” “As a longtime researcher of Mexico’s first coinage, I appreciate what a privilege it is to hold this amazing piece of history in my hands.”

Most important is the fact that this Mexican “first American dollar” is not represented in any public numismatic museums anywhere, particularly the Casa de Moneda and Banco de Mexico in Mexico City, and the Casa de Moneda and the Museo Arqueológico de España in Madrid, Spain. This piece is lacking in even the largest, most globally encompassing museums, which must adhere to the principle of including the world’s historically most important coins, of which this coin sits undeniably among the top ten.

Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC will hold the live floor auction on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at the DoubleTree Hotel Lake Buena Vista at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Lot viewing will be available the day before the auction at the hotel as well as at two coin shows around the US: The U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, October 16-18; and the Whitman Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, October 30-November 2. Lot viewing will also be available by private appointment at Sedwick’s office in Winter Park, Florida, with a minimum of 72 hours’ notice.


A 1899 Straits Settlements Queen Victoria 50 Cents will be offered in Mavin International Pte Ltd Auction No 38 on 15 November 2014 at the Concorde Hotel Singapore. The 1899 Queen Victoria 50 Cents (Lot 1267) is the only piece graded MS 62 by NGC in its coin census of Straits Settlements. The coin is estimate to sell for SGD8,500.

Victoria 50 Cents

A total of 1,353 lots will be offered in the 2 days auction; 8 November 2014 for MAS banknotes & Singapore coins and banknotes, 15 November 2014 for World coins and banknotes. The auction will be held at Studio III, Concorde Hotel, Singapore. Public viewing will be held on 5 to 7 November 2014 and 12 to 14 November 2014, from 10.30am to 6.00pm at MAVIN'S Office at Kramat Lane, Singapore.

VEIC Penang
1788 VEIC Netherlands East Indies 1/10 Dollar Penang
Another highlight of the auction is a *Lot 1117: Penang 1/10 Dollar 1788 (KM.5.1; S-972), VEIC, grdaed XF45 by NGC. The B.Balemark Series (East India Company) coin is estimate to sell for SGD2,600.

Mavin Auction 38 World Coins Highlight:

1/2 cent 1907H

Lot 805: British North Borneo 1/2 cent 1907H NGC MS65BN
British North Borneo Half Cent, (KM.1), 1907H, NGC MS65BN.
Estimate Price: SGD1,600 – SGD1,700

1886H specimen

Lot 809: British North Borneo 1 cent 1886H specimen PCGS
British North Borneo Cent, (KM.2), 1886H, specimen, PCGS SP64+RB.
Estimate Price: SGD600 – SGD650

1905 incuse B

Lot 1288: Straits Settlements KEVII 50 cents 1905B incuse B
Straits Settlements Edward VII, 50 Cents, (KM.23), 1905B incuse B, proof, NGC PF58.
Estimate Price: SGD3,600 – SGD3,800

Malacca Dinheiro

*Lot 1112: Portuguese Malacca Dinheiro 1557-78
Malaysia Portuguese Malacca Dinheiro 1557-78, Dom Sebastiao, Dinheiro, (1557-1578), NGC XF45.
Estimate Price: SGD150 – SGD160

Malacca Soldo

*Lot 1114: Portuguese Malacca Soldo 1557-78
Malaysia Portuguese Malacca Soldo 1557-78, Dom Sebastiao, Soldo, (Sim S.09), (1557-78), NGC XF45.
Estimate Price: SGD400 – SGD420

1973 1 sen

Lot 1121: 2 Malaysia Sen 1973 Bronze & Copper Clad Steel
Malaysia Sen, (KM.1), 1973, bronze, NGC MS67RD; Sen, (KM.1a), 1973, copper clad steel, NGC MS64RD.
Estimate Price: SGD100 – SGD110

10 Sen 1971

Lot 1129: Malaysia 10 Sen 1971 NGC MS66
Malaysia 10 Sen, (KM.3), 1971, NGC MS66.
Estimate Price: SGD300 – SGD320

1 cent 1878

Lot 1209: Straits Settlements Queen Victoria 1 cent 1878
Straits Settlements Victoria, Cent, (KM.9), 1878, NGC AU Details - surface hairlines.
Estimate Price: SGD5,000 – SGD5,200
A Straits Settlements QV Cent 1878 AU Details - edge damage. From the Sinnathuray Family Collection Sold for SGD1,500 (excluding buyer premium) in Mavin Auction 33, Apr 5, 2013. You can read more about it in here; Straits Settlements rare coins.

5 cents 1873

Lot 1238: Straits Settlements Queen Victoria 5 cents 1873 NGC AU55
Straits Settlements Victoria, 5 Cents, (KM.10), 1873, NGC AU55.
Estimate Price: SGD1,600 – SGD1,700

10 cents 1883

Lot 1243: Straits Settlements Queen Victoria 10 cents 1883 NGC AU58
Straits Settlements Victoria, 10 Cents, (KM.11), 1883, NGC AU58.
Estimate Price: SGD2,500 – SGD2,600

The buyer's premium for bids made through is 20%. The buyer's premium for absentee bids by post, fax and email is at 18% (19.26% including GST for lots delivered in Singapore-GST refund available to foreign buyers leaving via the airport).

Lots from MAS may only be collected from 3.00 pm Tuesday, 11 November 2014 at Mavin's office. Other Lots may be collected approximately 30 minutes after they are knocked down or at Mavin's office from Monday, 10 November 2014 (for Singapore banknotes & Coins) and from Monday, 17 November 2014 (for all banknotes & coins), onwards.

Notice: item with (*) mark-This Lot is subject to 7% Goods and Services Tax on both the Hammer Price and the Buyers Premium if the Lot is delivered in Singapore. No GST is payable if the Lot is exported outside Singapore.